I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Telecommunications department at Indiana University. My research centers on the processing and effects of video games. Additionally, I use games as an experimental tool for investigating various social scientific phenomena. Specifically, I am interested in violence and morality and I integrate evolutionary and social psychology into my research. My inquiry relies on experimental, content analytic, and survey methodologies.
Two foci drive my current research program. First, I am investigating how psychological distance affects perceptions of violent content and subsequent aggression when playing video games. Second, my dissertation aims to explore the nature of human moral intuitions using an array of perspectives such as Moral Foundations Theory, Moral Condemnation, and Relationship Regulation.
Regarding teaching, I draw from two areas. First, my education in Telecommunications at the University of Georgia (BA, 2007) and my work experience as a journalist and ad designer centered on media creation. Thus, I am eager to teach classes that emphasize production, writing for media, advertising, and design. Second, my education in Mass Communications and research experience at Indiana University (MA, 2011) has prepared me to teach courses focusing on media psychology, communication theory and methods, and classes that rely upon my research expertise.